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Comparative sentience: what does it mean to be smart?

Comparing the relative sentience of human and non-human intelligences starts with defining the aspects of sentience, even before you break them down into specific characteristics. I’ve brought this post over from Medium because it was cited in December 2022 by Maurice Yolles at Liverpool John Moores University for Consciousness, Sapience and Sentience—A Metacybernetic View in […]

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Boris Johnson and Google’s ‘sentient’ AI have ruined the Turing test

Does Google have a sentient AI lurking in its basement, ready to ace the Turing Test? That was the grand claim made by a former AI researcher at the internet advertising giant. Blake Lemoine leaked transcripts of his chats as evidence that Google’s AI had made the leap to sentience. Google says he’s wrong and […]

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Comparative Intelligence: a scale for cross-species sentience and AI

And pray that there’s intelligent life somewhere up in space… …’cos there’s bugger-all down here on Earth Eric Idle, “Galaxy Song”, Monty Python’s The Meaning of Life “AI” is one of the most over-used and misapplied terms in popular science, right after “quantum leap”. Animal intelligence is either embraced uncritically or dismissed prejudicially, rarely without […]